Dermal fillers: size does matter?

| June 5, 2014

Tissue tailoring for ultimate results

Young, healthy-looking skin contains an abundance of a naturally hydrating substance called hyaluronic acid (HA). As we age, sunlight/UV exposure, environmental and other factors can reduce the amount of HA in our skin. This in turn causes the skin to lose structure and volume, creating those unwanted facial wrinkles and folds.

HA injections are the second most frequently performed aesthetic procedure in the world. It is a very important part of the rejuvenation procedures we offer at SAI.  Visit our website for more information on the dermal filler treatments we offer.

The difference between fillers?

Although HA fillers appear to be similar, their properties and the ways in which they are being produced are different. These differences have clinical impacts for the doctor in that they can affect injection technique, usage and the quality of the result, hence why we pay so much attention to them. This obviously has a knock on effect with to the patient.

Questions such as:

  • Is the product easy toinject?
  • What is the duration of the product?
  • Will theproduct bruise, create swellingor create inflammation,
  • Will the results look natural (frequently the only means of judging a filler. )

Particle size

Particle size is a key factor that contributes to the different qualities and clinical effects of the various HA fillers. Other variables include gel hardness, HA concentration, and degree of cross-linking.

The article size manipulation goal is to size the HA gel particles in such a way that the final product can be easily injectedinto the desired location and that these particles should mimic the size and shape of the natural tissue in that area.If done correctly, as in the case with Restylane, the dermal filler product will not migrate, will offer complete fullness for the amount of product injected and will provide accurate results.

If you are interested in the science behind dermal fillers, or simply want to book your appointment with Dr Clark please get hold of us at our rooms on 011 883 3116 to book an appointment or make an inquiry!

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